Beth was kidnapped last season on “The Walking Dead” and fans were left in suspense on who took her, where she went and why. When the trailer for the fifth season was unveiled at Comic-Con, viewers discovered that she was alive. It was also revealed where she was taken. Now people are asking if she will survive her ordeal and if so, will her character evolve as a result of her situation? On Tuesday, Yahoo TV published an interview with producer Greg Nicotero. Even though Beth’s situation wasn’t discussed, there were certain things said that might give clues.
When “The Walking Dead” season 4 cliffhanger was brought up, Nicotero mentioned that throughout the series, little seeds were dropped. He said that the most gratifying part was that every single seed germinated into a great story or antidote. As an example, he used the mystery of who was feeding the rats at the prison and viewers discovering it was Lizzie later on. He explained,
“… every single character has a fascinating story arc. What Carol is willing to do to protect the group, what Rick is willing to do, everybody. So I really feel that we got a fantastic glimpse into each of these characters. And what’s exciting about moving into Season 5 is, we continue that exploration into who these people are, and it’s thrilling.”
Beth was not mentioned, but many consider her to be the weakest character of the show. She was often seen caring for baby Judith, but she never had that many lines or screen time. Then in the second half of season 4, Daryl and Beth were together. He taught her some survival skills, such as using his crossbow, starting a fire and how to track. There were a few small scenes that showed she was becoming a little more confident and was becoming braver when faced with walkers.
There are some characters on “The Walking Dead” that have already demonstrated what they will do to survive. Viewers have seen Rick take a bite out of someone’s throat and Carol murdered two people in an attempt to stop the spread of the flu. She also killed Lizzie because she was a threat to the living, even though she was just a child. Carl, Glenn, Maggie and some others have also shown they will do what is necessary to survive. But one person who hasn’t shown that yet is Beth Greene.
So how can one be so sure Beth will survive? The reason is because her “fascinating story arc” is beginning. It started with Daryl training her out in the wilderness. Then she was kidnapped and the trailer reveals a little bit of her situation. She is seen being slapped across the face by a female officer in the clip. Instead of seeing fear, worry and innocence in her eyes, she has the look of defiance, anger and determination. When she is slapped, she doesn’t look shocked. Instead she appears as if she is expecting it and perhaps it isn’t the first time.
Some of the “seeds” that Nicotero mentioned could be Beth learning how to protect herself and live on her own. She was just starting to become more independent and confident. These things will definitely help her during her abduction and after, if she gets away like the trailer suggests. The fact that she doesn’t even flinch when she is slapped says something about what Beth will be like in “The Walking Dead” season 5. It reveals that she has toughened up a bit and this whole experience could change her forever. Fans might be looking at a brand new Beth when the show returns. One that is an asset, who won’t be afraid to confront people or situations. A character that instead of tagging along, will be more of a true survivor, more of a leader and more of a fighter.
Kinney had an interview a while back. When asked about Beth and her possible reunion with Daryl and Maggie, she said that she hopes someone will save her or that she will save herself. Perhaps fans will see her do just that this season… maybe Beth will end up doing the unexpected in order to save herself.
What do you think about what Greg Nicotero said about seeds leading to fascinating story arcs for every character? Do you think Beth will survive her ordeal at the hospital? Do you agree that there were clues last season that her character might change? Viewers will find out for sure when “The Walking Dead” season 5 premieres on AMC on Oct. 12.